Valentine Victorious

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Hot willikers, mister, this show is peaches!

What’s not to like about 1930s Chicago, pulp super-heroes brought to life, a 13 piece band led-by the dreamy Kevin O’Donnell, and the culmination of a three-year, three-play exploration of the nature of heroism and vengeance, forgiveness, and justice? It is, of course, Valentine Victorious, the final play in the Valentine trilogy from one of the most exciting theater companies in Chicago, The House Theatre.

I think the play can stand on it’s own, but if you’d like to get caught up on this genre- and era-spanning series before you go see the third play, both San Valentino and the Melancholy Kid and Curse of the Crying Heart are available as downloadable video (and if you watch nothing else, the climactic battle of Crying Heart is an incredible piece of action).

And hey, bring your lighter.

Valentine Victorious
Thursday-Sunday, through March 11, 2006
The Viaduct
3111 N Western Ave
$10-$19

Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones: House true to form as it wraps up `Valentine’ trilogy
Chicago Sun-Times, Hedy Weiss: Convoluted script weakens energetic ‘Valentine’

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